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A startling expose of Britain's most valuable asset - its land. Kevin Cahill's investigations reveal how the 6000 or so landowners -mostly aristocrats, but also large institutions and the Crown - own about 40 million acres, more than half the country, and have maintained their grip on the land right throughout the 20th century. The book argues that our present system of landownership is of material detriment to the vast majority of homeowners in the UK, imposing a land tax on homeowners while many of the wealthiest landowners in the country pay no rates and actually receive money in the form of grants and subsidies for owning land. Cahill's arguments are supported with 80 pages of tables, maps and statistics.
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Kevin Cahill is a former army officer who has worked at both Westminster and European parliaments as an advisor and researcher. He is the author of books on business, trade and politics and helped produce the Sunday Times Rich List, as well as being a widely published investigative journalist.Review:
If you read no other book this year, read Who Owns Britain by Kevin Chahill. Whatever your politics, it will make you hair curl. * * Scotland on Sunday * * It is the sound and fury of Cahill's polemics that infuse a rare vigour to his prose. * * Spectator * * ...the first comprehensive analysis of land-ownership in Britain since the nineteenth century... it is hard to believe that we've waited for a hundred years for this book... a vital and illuminating study of great political significance. -- Andy Wightman, author of Who Owns Scotland
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Book Description Canongate Books Ltd, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110862419123
Book Description Canongate Books Ltd, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0862419123